Poll Shows Alabama Race Tied After Allegations Against Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore said Friday that while he did date "a number of young ladies" when he returned from the military, he would have never had contact with a 14 year old.

A biblical reference is now being used to defend Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore again allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl. Three other women also told the Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.

As pressure on Moore grew, it emerged from a Federal Election Commission filing that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with him.

Moore has called the allegations "fake news".

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

Trump and Republican leaders have called for Moore to step down "if" the charges are true. In the event of a win by Jones, the slim Republican Senate majority could get even slimmer.

The Post reported Thursday that an Alabama woman said Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, had sexual contact with her when she was 14.

Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle".

"Well, I think most of the people in the state of Alabama would be very disappointed if someone who had been alleged to have engaged in that type of activity, had been proven that they had engaged in that activity, was continuing to represent them in any formal capacity", Merrill said.

Jonathan Gray, a Republican consultant in Alabama who is not working with any of the Senate candidates this year, was more pointed: "I think it was already perfectly well stated that no one in Alabama gives a s-- what Mitch McConnell or John McCain thinks we should do". Maybe Luther Strange, who was appointed in the first place to occupy Jeff Sessions' vacated seat and who lost to Moore in the GOP primary.

He won't step aside, and he won't be replaced on the ballot. Roy Moore has been through two campaigns for governor and two for chief justice.

Moore denies the allegations.

On Thursday evening, Hannity was on a radio show discussing the Post report. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore's Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls.

While many Republicans moved quickly to distance themselves from Moore, Mr. Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday night compared the Post report to the "Access Hollywood" video.

The victor of the December 12 election will fill the seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Even before the sexual abuse accusations became public, Senate Republicans had been asked repeatedly about Moore's more extreme positions on the proper role of the Christian faith in American political life.

Democrats familiar with the campaign being run by their nominee, Doug Jones, said no new ad buys or investments were planned to take advantage of the story.

Doster, the adviser to Moore, said the candidate's campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, had talked to members of Alabama's congressional delegation after the news broke. Moore, an anti-establishment conservative, was twice removed from his state's Supreme Court for judicial misconduct.

  • Jon Douglas